Here at The Fashion Careers Clinic we're always on the lookout for similar organisations to us, who are focused towards helping people into the fashion industry and who provide practical advice or careers guidance.
One such company is the Street Style Surgery, owned and managed by former Design Director, Sissy Rooney. We met Sissy on her stand at the Clothes Show Live last year and were really impressed by her hands-on design workshops for students which give an overview of what being a fashion designer is like via practical demonstrations on customisation.
Here's some further info on what the SSS is all about:
The Street Style Surgery (SSS) is a social enterprise that hosts unique and funky ‘Street Style’ fashion design workshops for primary and secondary schools as well as various youth organisations. The SSS workshop gives young people the opportunity to express their own & unique fashion style in a creative, fun and easy going environment and introduces them to the fact that fashion does not need to be something that is followed or bought into, but can be something they can create and adapt.
"T-shirts are customised in a ‘Street Style’ fashion with Marabu fabric spray paints, these workshop are very engaging for both girls and boys so why not run our Banksy style stencil project? This project has an enterprising element at the end as the young people are given a garment costing to fill in, in order for them to get a true understanding of how to make profit from their own artistic skills and talents. The whole process from design to finished product gives the participants a real boost and raises their confidence levels no end".
Sissy Rooney also draws on her own life experiences to give motivational and inspirational talks to young people in order to inspire them to achieve their dreams, with the ethos being to “never give up”.
This is one example of the fashion design workshops the SSS offers, please see website for other types, including fashion illustration and garment recycling: www.streetstylesurgery.co.uk
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